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November 2020 SAC Tip of the Month - Combining Title I and SAC Meetings

November 2020 SAC Tip of the Month – Combining Title I and SAC Meetings

Even in this virtual season, School Advisory Councils (SACs) all across District schools have been continuing to meet and engage in meaningful conversation! SACs, in many different schools, have adapted to meeting virtually and have continued the strong work of engaging families about school needs and growth in student academic achievement. In this month’s SAC...
October 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: The Benefits of Virtual Meetings

October 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: The Benefits of Virtual Meetings

It has already been over a month of school, and virtual platforms have become a new norm. Where before families had the opportunity to walk into school buildings to attend SAC meetings, volunteer, and take part in school events, now these activities are all online. It is natural for us to think of in-person meetings...
September 2020 SAC Tip of the Month: Ways to Regather Virtually as a SAC

September 2020 SAC Tip of the Month: Ways to Regather Virtually as a SAC

Can you believe that summer has already come to a close, and a new school year has begun? Not only are instruction, learning, and traditional classroom practices now all different in a virtual realm, but even family engagement in schools has also shifted onto a virtual platform. Just because the means of connecting has altered,...
The Power of Consistent Family Presence at Dr. Ethel Allen

The Power of Consistent Family Presence at Dr. Ethel Allen

When you think about volunteering, you may think about helping out at an event occasionally or chaperoning a class trip. At Dr. Ethel Allen School in North Philadelphia, however, you can find a group of dedicated volunteers who come to the school to give their time, energy, and efforts every single day. The school’s family...
A Community Effort at Chester A. Arthur School

A Community Effort at Chester A. Arthur School

An old saying states that it takes a village to raise a child. At Chester A. Arthur School in Graduate Hospital, it is evident that it takes the efforts of an entire community to have vibrant parent and family engagement. There is a strong sense of all hands on deck at Chester Arthur, which allows...
Checklist: Is Your School "Family-Friendly" and Welcoming to All?

Checklist: Is Your School “Family-Friendly” and Welcoming to All?

The following article is taken from PTO Today and is written by Joy Underhill. For the full article, click here. Picture walking into a new school for the first time. You don’t know your way around. You aren’t sure of the sign-in procedures or even where to get information. You need a friendly face to...
Eat Right Philly & Wellness Teams: Helping Our Students Succeed!

Eat Right Philly & Wellness Teams: Helping Our Students Succeed!

Did you know that physically healthy students are better learners?  Implementing strategies that help students eat healthy and be active can result in decreased rates of student absenteeism, fewer behavioral problems, and higher school-wide test scores and grades. In order to promote the health and wellness of our students, the School District’s Wellness Policy states...
What Family Engagement Means To Principal Marisol Rivera Rodriguez

What Family Engagement Means To Principal Marisol Rivera Rodriguez

People often ask – what is the key to strong family engagement? While it is hard to respond with one definitive answer for all schools, Juniata Park Academy Principal Marisol Rivera Rodriguez has used a great strategy: ask families what they want! Her commitment to parent and family input and programming led to her receiving...
Spotlighting the Partnership Between School and Families at Tanner Duckrey

Spotlighting the Partnership Between School and Families at Tanner Duckrey

Teamwork makes the dream work! In few places can we see that more strongly than at Tanner Duckrey School, as families and school staff have partnered together to make the 2019 Outstanding SAC Winning school the best it can be. Principal David Cohen and the leadership team have worked alongside family members to increase family...